The Lomo Challenge

Due to the recent passing on of my crap Polaroid t730, I am left cameraless until I can decide whether or not to:
a- save up for an overly pricey digital SLR. I want one of these terribly, but also think it would be more logical to wait for my tax returns next spring.
b- buy another pocket digital camera for the time being. I have mixed feelings about doing this, since it will cost me $100-$200, and I'm sick of buying one of these things every year. I don't want to waste my money on a temporary fix, while that same cash could be put towards an excellent camera that would last me a while. And, I might possibly be able to borrow my brothers coolpix for the meantime....hm...

So while I'm still thinking this over, I've decided to show an old friend a little love.
I got my Lomo LC-A when I was 17, for christmas during my junior year in high school. I forget exactly how I discovered lomos, but as soon as I found out what they were about I wanted one desperately. I love the whole lomo philosophy of shoot-from-the-hip, shoot recklessly, shoot everything that catches your eye. And the colors, the vignetted edges...

It's nearly impossible to get a good photo every time with this camera, but when you do it's breathtaking. It's going to take a bit of practice and a few rolls of film to get me back into the swing of things, actually having to think about aperture and distance, iso and etc. It's also going to be a bummer to have to pay for film and development. While part of me misses the anticipaton involved in dropping off a roll of film and waiting to see how everything came out, digital is so freaking convenient, with instant gratification.

So for the next week or so, I've assigned myself a Lomo challenge. First order of business will be getting new batteries, since the ones I've got were from 1999.

Visit the Lomo Homepage and fall in love. If I had unlimited funds, I swear I'd have every single Lomo camera on earth by now. Also, I am proud of my 17 year old self for recognizing a very cool thing when I saw it. Lomo is still the shit ten years later :)

(All photos above were borrowed from the lomo.com website)

1 comment:

  1. OMG with knobs!!!!

    I'm jealous of your camera.... that's amazing.